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Crowdfunding Campaign Aims To Reward NSA Whistleblower For His ‘Courage’

Edward Snowden is being hailed as a hero by some, and now a Crowdtilt crowdfunding campaign is raising money to reward the whistleblower for his “courage” and pay his bills. The campaign doesn’t specify how the money will be delivered to Snowden, and is raising questions about if donations …

Grocery Comparison Site mySupermarket Launches U.S. Megastore For Finding Best Prices Across Amazon, Walmart, Target & More

On the heels of reports that Amazon is preparing to significantly expand its online grocery service AmazonFresh, grocery comparison shopping site mySupermarket is today bringing its service the U.S. Operating something like a Kayak for grocery and drugstore products, the new U.S. version of …

Comcast launching Xfinity-branded cloud-based home control, muni-fi services

Kabletown Comcast is taking advantage of the calm before the WWDC/E3 storm to announce two initiatives to help out 'round the home. First up, the company is adding a public WiFi channel to its newest Wireless Gateway hardware, enabling your home to become a muni-fi hotspot for roving Xfinity …

The Surprisingly Cool History of Ice

Until two centuries ago, ice was just an unfortunate side effect of winter. But in the early 1800s, one man saw dollar signs in frozen ponds. …

Pop Quiz: See How Well Your Brain Handles the Stroop Test

The <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game column presents <i>Monday Math Square #174</i>. Enjoy!<p><b>Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical</b> …

Mathematics

Feathered everything: just how many dinosaurs had feathers?

As I've recently been going heavily on the feathers theme, it seemed appropriate to deal with a major question in dinosaur palaeontology that is …

In Ancient Ice, Clues That Scientists Are Underestimating Future Sea Levels

The cold, hard facts<p>The skies do strange things at the NEEM camp, a remote ice-drilling and research facility on the northern Greenland ice sheet. Midnight sunshine. Low clouds of sparkling ice crystals known as "diamond dust." But when rain fell instead of snow last summer, complete with a rainbow …

Monitor diabetes with painless breath test?

<b>U. PITTSBURGH (US) —</b> New sensor technology could make it possible to diagnose and monitor diabetes through a breath analysis alone, researchers …

‘Quilted’ graphene is also super strong

<b>COLUMBIA U. (US) —</b> Graphene, even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains, is almost as strong as the material in its perfect …

The Snowden Effect

<b>It's taken a day or so</b> for me to take stock of the latest revelations in the <i>Guardian</i> concerning the operations of the American surveillance state that has been constructed in (relatively) plain sight since the events of September 11, 2001. The latest, of course, is the decision by Edward Snowden, a …

Edward Snowden Pardon Petition Launches On White House Website

A petition launched on a White House website on Sunday is calling on the Obama administration to pardon Edward Snowden, the source behind the leak on the National Security Agency's phone and Internet surveillance programs.<p>"Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a a full, …

Considerations on Abolishing the Senate

On the second to last day of the Philadelphia Convention, Saturday, September 15, 1787, in the second to last discussion of a substantive revision to the by then already printed up, nearly final draft [1], Roger Sherman of Connecticut raised his fear of the hypothetical possibility that, even if …

Meet the contractors analyzing your private data

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>Private companies are getting rich probing your personal information for the government. Call it Digital Blackwater<p>Tim Shorrock<p>June 10, 2013 3:15pm (UTC)<p>Amid the torrent of stories about the shocking new revelations about the National Security Agency, few have bothered to ask a …

Edward Snowden Reportedly 'Checked Out' Of Hong Kong Hotel Mira

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who outed himself yesterday, checked out of the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong on Monday, The Washington Post is reporting.<p>A receptionist told the Post that a guest under Snowden's name had checked out on Monday, but could not reveal how long Snowden had stayed.<p>CNN …

Glenn Beck "Shocked" By Fox News's NSA Coverage

Politics<p>The former Fox host expressed disappointment at the network's coverage of the source who leaked information about the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program.<p>"Watch the news coverage of this. You're going to get the same kind of coverage, they'll be on this for a while and …

Republicans Aren't Even Trying To Win The New Jersey Senate Race

Meet Steve Lonegan, who served until April as director of the New Jersey chapter of the tea party group Americans for Prosperity. Lonegan was a three-term mayor of Bogota, a town of 8,000 people in Bergen County. And he's a longtime party gadfly, having twice unsuccessfully sought the Republican …

National Ricin Association Fights Back Against Restrictive Legislation

In a fiery speech Saturday before cheering supporters, the National Ricin Association's Duane LaPierre took on advocates for new poison laws and said a national background check bill "got the defeat that it deserved."<p>"We will never surrender our poison, never," LaPierre, the organization's …